Showcasing the talents of our children, youth

WIN 1 of 3 grand prizes — your own customized hockey gear set!

Submit a video & SCORE $25!

What is it?

The Lil’ Bands Hockey Tournament, in partnership with Tikinagan Child & Family Services and the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, is excited to announce this Video For The North — a short YouTube compilation video filmed by our First Nations youth, children and families in Northwestern Ontario.

Young hockey players are invited to film and submit short video clips that will be edited into a full YouTube compilation video that will be released in February. This will be one way we can all work together to help raise our children by encouraging them to showcase their amazing talents.

Why a video?

The Lil’ Bands Tournament is one of the most popular events for our communities. For many of our children and youth, it becomes their Stanley Cup playoffs. They dream about it for months and months. Communities work together to fundraise and support their hockey all-stars. Unfortunately, due to the impact of the pandemic and out of the safety for our communities, the tournament organizers have postponed the tournament for the second consecutive year. But this doesn’t mean our communities can’t unite in a common bond over sport. This week-long event in February (and also in March with the All Bands Tournament) is an event that brings our First Nations together. Cousins reunite, kookums cheer for their grandkids, and communities celebrate their success.  This video will highlight the skills and faces of our children and youth. This will be done in a documentary-style, editing the collection of videos we receive into one story. We hope to have the video completed by the first week of February, the normal time the tournament would take place.

What should I/my child submit for my video?

Show us your stick handling skills, your deadly shot, how you tape your stick, your jersey, your arena, take a video selfie or TikTok Dance with your team on the ice, tell us why you love playing hockey. Be creative! All selected videos will SCORE a $25 Gift Card + Grand Prize Entry! Please try to keep each clip you submit to no more than 30 seconds. 

Can I submit more than one video?

Yes! Any video that is used will receive a $25/gift card + an entry into the grand prize draw. The more videos you submit, the more  chances you have of winning!

Who can participate?

The contest is open to children and youth from Tikinagan’s 30 First Nations and those who would be eligible to play in the Lil’ Bands tournament.

How do I upload my video and consent form?

Please use the form below. Any questions, concerns or technical difficulties, please contact


Our 2020 Lil' Bands Highlight Video

Relive all the action from the tournament.





Videos can be uploaded at Deadline to submit is Jan 31, 2022. Limit of one (1) entry into the grand prize draw per video submitted. Each video that is used in the Video For the North Compilation will earn each participant one (1) $25 gift card. Videos not used will not receive a gift card. There will be three (3) grand prize draws for custom order of hockey gear (maximum $350 per winner). The contest is open to children and youth who are affiliated with one of Tikinagan’s 30 First Nations or eligible to compete in the Lil’ Bands Hockey Tournament in 2022. Videos will be selected on February 1, 2022 and compiled into one video for social media on the basis of originality, creativity and age appropriateness. Entries that are not an original creation, are illegal, defamatory or obscene will be disqualified. Participants can choose to submit content that is related in anyway related to hockey; for example, stick handling skills, explaining why they love hockey, or showing us their local rink. Judge decisions are final and cannot be challenged in any way. The parent or legal guardian of each prize winners will be contacted by email or phone by a Tikinagan Child & Family Services staff member. The winner of each category will receive one (1) prize package. The winner must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to redeem their prize. Prize must be accepted as awarded and is non-transferable or redeemable for cash. By submitting a video, each entrant, and his/her parent or legal guardian on his/her behalf, hereby: (i) acknowledges and agrees that the entry becomes property of Tikinagan Child & Family Services and will not be returned and no correspondence will be entered into except with the parent/legal guardian of the selected entrants; (ii) acknowledges and agrees that the entry and his/her first name and age will be posted on and Tikinagan social media pages (including the Lil’ Bands Facebook page) if the entry is chosen as the winner; (iii) grants Tikinagan Child & Family Services the license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and display the submission; (iv) by entering this contest, each entrant expressly consents to Tikinagan Child & Family Services for storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with the entry only for the purpose of administering the contest and in accordance with Tikinagan Child & Family Services’ privacy policy. Tikinagan Child & Family Services reserves the right to withdraw or amend this contest in any way.